Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 09:31

Spotted in ACTIVE TRAVELS: St. Lucia Week: Hiking Pigeon Island

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A perfect introduction to the lush volcanic island of St. Lucia, especially if you’re staying at one of the resorts at the northern end of the island, is to simply take a hike at Pigeon Island National Landmark. Once surrounded by water, a causeway was built in 1972. Pay the $7 admission fee and soon you’re walking in the shade under a row of casuarina trees. As you climb the hillside, the beaches and resorts on Rodney Bay come into view.

There was a slight drizzle when I took the walk yesterday and the tropical vegetation smelled ripe with humidity. The high-pitched calls of birds greeted me to the walls, ramparts, and cannons still standing at Fort Romney. The 18th century fortress perched atop the promontory was an important chunk of land for the British trying to hold off the French in their many battles over the island.

I walked past an intrepid group from the resort, BodyHoliday, who were rappelling down the cliffs before sea kayaking back to the property. Then continued to climb up the rocky path to the top of Signal Peak. To the north, I could see the ridges of the long island of Martinique. To the south, I could make out the two jagged volcanic peaks on St. Lucia known as the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Then it was back to my private plunge pool at my resort for the first two nights, Windjammer Landing. Known for its villas that climb a hillside offering spectacular views of the sunset, the resort is popular with families. They feature a Kids Club, long sloping shallow beach, and spacious villas with full kitchenettes. Judging from all the people carrying around scuba gear, tennis racquets, and golf clubs, the resort is also known as a playground for adults. I took full advantage of the opportunity to take out a Hobie Cat in the sheltered bay. So far, it’s been smooth sailing in St. Lucia, my friends. 

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Published on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:25

Spotted in the VANCOUVER SUN: Six spectacular Caribbean destinations

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This is a hugely popular island for Canadians and one of the most striking destinations in the Caribbean. The twin towers of rock called The Pitons dominate the southwest coast, a pair of immense rock formations rising hundreds of feet into the sky that give the area a South Seas/Tahiti kind of feel. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, has a series of beautiful villas spilling down the valley towards a small but marvellous beach with great snorkelling.

There’s also one of the Caribbean’s top spas, built in the rainforest. Not far away, and offering tremendous views of the Pitons, is Jade Mountain. It’s owned by a Canadian businessman named Nick Troubetzkoy and features open-air suites with an outside wall missing for optimal views. Each suite has a butler and a sizable infinity pool, as well as useful mosquito netting for around the bed at night. A once-in-a-lifetime splurge if you can handle it. There are more affordable spots further north, including the lovely Cap Maison, Windjammer Landing and a series of Sandals resorts.

Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015 16:27

Spotted in Recommend: The Buzz in Caribbean Family Travel


The immersive arts program at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort that launched in May fits in with the trend toward experiential travel—the realization that there’s actually life beyond the resort gates—and it keeps on expanding. Not only does Windjammer Landing have an art concierge who arranges visits by small groups (e.g. families) to artists’ studios, but now Windjammer Landing can arrange lessons in local arts and crafts such as steel pans and mask- or kite-making, priced upon request. “I also like Windjammer Landing’s theme nights for teens and the ‘pretty princess package’ for girls, which includes mani/pedis, tropical kids drinks, and mini-massages,” adds Rakowitz.

Article courtesy of, written by Ed Wetschler. Read it HERE 

Published on Friday, 07 August 2015 10:32

Spotted in HOUSE OF COCO: The Spa at Windjammer Landing


We love to work hard and play hard at House of Coco but we always make sure we schedule time to relax and recharge our batteries. Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia has today unveiled details of its new luxury wellness centre, The Spa at Windjammer Landing and we definitely want to visit them for some ‘me’ time. The striking 6,500 square foot spa overlooking the picturesque and tranquil Labrelotte Bay is now open.

Windjammer Landing has partnered with a Naturopathic Doctor, native to the island of Saint Lucia, to develop a signature skincare collection and holistic spa service menu, using a powerful blend of fresh ingredients from plant and vegetation grown in abundance on the island. The Spa will also introduce globally acclaimed skin care line, Kerstin Florian, created around the four core lifestyle practices of Proper Nutrition, Regular Exercise, Peace of Mind, and Care of Face & Body.

Standout features of the new spa include six spacious treatment rooms including two couples’ treatment rooms – one of which comes complete with a Japanese soaking tub, outdoor rain shower and private patio. In addition, the spa will include a relaxation room, juice bar, manicure and pedicure stations, separate male and female steam rooms, and a herb garden, where many of the plants and ingredients used in the spa experiences will be harvested.

Guests will be able to enjoy a wide selection of luxurious beauty and wellbeing treatments including travellers’ reprieve massages, seaweed body wraps and correcting facials, using locally-sourced ingredients such as fruit enzymes, vitamin C and raw cacao, and incorporating products from high antioxidant and mineral rich skin care brand Kerstin Florian. The signature treatments will be a must for all guests. These 80-minute services are highly customised to minimise aging and provide a true healing experience. They will incorporate warm basalt stones, bamboo stick massage, and 16-point acupressure facial massage using a custom essential oil blend. The detoxifying volcanic mud bath combines seaweed, local volcanic ash and naturally heated, mineralised waters to nourish and regenerate the skin.

In addition to the spa, the resort is adding a new fully-equipped gym, which will comprise a separate exercise studio, along with outdoor yoga deck. Fitness fans will not be disappointed with the variety of classes available from the core conditioning body pump and boot camp style circuit training, to the more holistic-based aqua programmes such as hydrotherapy and the invigorating stand up paddle yoga. Customised private classes and personal training will be offered based on plyometric inspired training, and new Cybex equipment will be available. The spa will be adding full moon meditation and tai chi as part of its wellness programme and will offer a Private After Hours Spa Experience, involving a couples retreat followed by a candlelit spa treatment and dinner served by a private butler in the spa garden.

However, wellness activities will not be offered exclusively to adults; children’s yoga will be added to the resort’s kids’ club programme and the resort will be providing wellness activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as fun, educational classes in the herb garden and making scrubs using natural ingredients.

Mark Ozawa, Managing Director at the resort says: “I am hugely excited about the forthcoming launch of The Spa at Windjammer Landing which will provide an oasis of relaxation and wellness for our guests, as well as raising the bar in spa standards on the island. The opening of the spa also marks a milestone in an ongoing series of renovations at the resort, which includes an extensive beach expansion project which has enlarged the beach by an additional 16,000 square feet as well as the start of an intensive refurbishment programme which will upgrade all of the 161 units over the next few years.”

To celebrate the launch, The Spa at Windjammer Landing will be offering a complimentary skin analysis for every adult guest of the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort for a limited time only and subject to availability.

Article courtesy of House of Coco. Read it HERE